Patagonia may seem like a challenge to many travelers, with its extreme weather conditions and daunting peaks looming over the park. However, at Tierra Hotels we have options for all interests and skill levels, so that you can enjoy this natural wonder without leaving your comfort zone.
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Wider Patagonia covers nearly 400,000sq miles of unforgiving gorges, deep mountain lakes and the southerly ends of life on land itself. Torres del Paine National Park occupies 700sq miles of those varied landscapes.
Amid the carpet of lush Pine and Lenga forests, Torres del Paine is home to no less than four giant glaciers: the Grey; Pingo; French and Dickson, all with their own picturesque glacial lakes and surrounding rock formations.
Chilean Patagonia is generally more mountainous than its Argentinian neighbor, with the three iconic Torres spires ranking among the most famous of them all.
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Arrive at the hotel around 4:00 PM local time, and be greeted with a welcome cocktail and friendly smiles from our staff. You’ll sit down with one of our expert guides who will give you an introduction to the Torres del Paine National Park geography and help create your excursion itinerary for the next few days.
Afterwards, take a walk through our backyard down to the shore of Lake Sarmiento to stretch your legs after the ride in from Punta Arenas, or cozy up by the fireplace with a glass of Chilean Carmenere before making your way to the dining room for a gourmet 3-course meal.
After a nourishing breakfast and watching the colors of the sunrise reflect on the Paine Massif, we’ll take a 30 minute drive to the Portería Lago Sarmiento. This beginner-level trek starts gradually, winding its way northwards, with the Paine Massif as a constant companion. Half way through we will visit a rocky area where there are cave paintings from the Aonikenk, hunter-gatherer native Indians that occupied this area some 6,000 years ago. It is also one of the best areas to see wildlife such as guanacos, foxes and condors. The hike ends a few meters away from Portería Laguna Amarga where the van is waiting to drive us back to the hotel.
After lunch, we’ll depart to the Laguna Azul area and enjoy spectacular views of the North, Central and South Towers, weather permitting. We enjoy a short walk along the north shore of the lake and in springtime and summer see many birds in the lenga woods. We drive on to see the Paine Waterfall and Laguna Amarga, with beautiful views of the local area.
This is a scenic trip which concentrates on the west side of the Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best option to see a large part of the park in just one day, with stops at various places for taking great photographs.
The road ends at Lake Grey, where we embark on the Grey II, sailing towards the Grey Glacier. We will see glaciers, ice floes and feathery nothofagus woods. If we are lucky, we may see a huemul, a native deer in danger of extinction. We return to the hotel by van.
Take the afternoon to relax in one of our saunas or the indoor heated pool at our Uma Spa, keeping an eye out for guanacos, rheas and armadillos that may cross right in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
From the hotel we head south towards Estancia Lazo. The road is scenic and with great views of Lake Sarmiento. The ride starts near the Hostería Lazo and winds through an ancient lenga forest. After about an hour, we reach a clearing with wonderful views of the Paine Massif. We head back through the wood to the Hostería, with a local gaucho always by our side.
Back at the hotel in the afternoon, be sure to schedule a relaxing massage or treatment at Uma Spa using our locally-made, all-natural products.
On your final day with us, take advantage of a complimentary morning yoga class in our studio enclosed by glass walls so you can feel fully connected with Patagonia.
Enjoy a nice breakfast in our dining room while soaking in the last views of the Torres del Paine before departing back home.